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Lead Pharmacist for Adult Community Services and Integrated Care

NHS AfC: Band 8b

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NHS AfC: Band 8b
Part time: 30 hours per week
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Whittington Health NHS Trust
Employer type
Whittington Hospital
£53,168 - £62,001 per annum + HCAS pro-rata
Salary period
01/03/2021 23:59

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Job overview

We are excited to announce the creation of a new post at the Whittington Pharmacy Department to lead the development of pharmacy services within our Adult Community Services directorate and champion Integrated Care across the Trust and in collaboration with our North Central London care provider partners.

You will be responsible for shaping how pharmacy can support our community services and take the lead in setting out the vision for pharmacy within this domain.  You will provide professional support to a team of driven individuals who are already working in innovative roles and will be a pivotal part of the team responsible for implementing the recently released NHSE/I Integrating Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation (IPMO) toolkit.

As a member of the Senior Pharmacy Team, you will work collaboratively with the Deputy Chief Pharmacist in ensuring clinical pharmacy services are delivered in a safe and effective manner.  


Main duties of the job

The main duties of this job include the following:

  • To strategically lead, develop and implement a high quality, effective pharmacy service across the domains of our ACS ICSU
  • To lead on Medicines Management activities within the ACS ICSU, providing support to the wider Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) and ensure the safe and effective use of medications in all areas where medications are stored, supplied and issued to patients.
  • To support the Deputy Chief Pharmacist with the development of integrated clinical pharmacy provision within this ICSU and the clinical area of elderly care
  • To support the move towards Whittington Health NHS Trust becoming an Integrated Care System (ICS)
  • To work with local care partners (such as GP federations, Primary Care Networks and community pharmacy colleagues) to strengthen and further develop pathways to provide seamless care to our patients based in NCL.
  • Demonstration of expert clinical knowledge, reason and judgement






Working for our organisation

Whittington Health serves a richly diverse population and works hard to ensure that all our services are fair and equally accessible to everyone. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the way we look after our staff.  We aim to employ a workforce which is as representative as possible of this population, so we are open to the value of differences in age, disability, gender, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, sexual orientation, and religion or belief.  The Trust  believes that as a public sector organisation we have an obligation to have recruitment, training, promotion and other formal employment policies and procedures that are sensitive to these differences. We think that by doing so, we are better able to treat our patients as well as being a better place to work.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

This post has been created to provide clinical pharmacy strategic leadership across the various domains of our Adult Community Services (ACS) Integrated Clinical Service Unit (ICSU) and ensure robust governance arrangements exist within pathways including the safe and secure handling of medication.

 The post will coordinate the work of the pharmacy team currently working across the ACS ICSU and provide expert clinical and professional leadership for these team members.

 The post will develop the role of pharmacy within ACS and demonstrate how pharmacy can support the provision of excellent care to our patients in the community through the development of new care pathways.

The role will support development of our already integrated pharmacy workforce within this clinical domain and work with partners across the North Central London (NCL) system, to support clinical development of the pharmacy workforce as a whole in line with the NCL Improving Pharmacy and Medicines [IPMO] Transformation Plan.

For further details about this role, the main responsibilities and a full job description, please see the accompanying Job Description and Person Specification.

Person specification

Education / Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • MPharm (or equivalent)
  • Registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)
  • Further post graduate qualification Diploma/MSc in Pharmacy Practice or Clinical Pharmacy, or equivalent
Desirable criteria
  • Membership of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society
  • Management/Leadership qualification
  • Independent Prescriber
  • Member of relevant professional clinical groups (e.g. UKCPA)

Skills and Abilities

Essential criteria
  • Good written and oral communication skills and able to communicate with patients and all grades of healthcare staff (verbally and in writing).
  • Can identify a vision for the delivery of pharmaceutical services to Adult Community Services and how Integrated Care will impact the delivery of pharmacy services
  • Prioritisation and time management, and when under pressure
  • Good negotiation skills and the ability to influence senior pharmacy and medical staff, the multidisciplinary team and management.
  • Experience of providing education and training to pharmacy and nursing staff, doctors and other AHPs.
  • Ability to manage budget and use financial data to forecast cost saving and financial efficiencies
  • Confident & assertive when dealing with other professionals
  • Good problem solving skills
  • Excellent numeracy skills and analysis and interpretation of data
  • Ability to contribute to planning of service developments, and to manage change
  • Ability to identify and manage risk.
  • Ability to work alone and as part of a team.
  • Ability to manage difficult and ambiguous situations including those that may require prompt decisions when faced with highly complex drug information and situations
  • Demonstrates a whole system patient focused approach to work.
  • Demonstrates the ability to communicate complex information combined with good negotiating and presentation skills
  • Ability to interpret national service guidance and implement change at a local level
  • Experience of dealing with professional conflict and patient complaints
  • Able to confidently articulate their leadership style and describe how this may change in practice

Knowledge and Experience

Essential criteria
  • Knowledge of legislation relating to the procurement, storage, supply, and use of medicines.
  • Appropriate and current clinical experience in at least one of the following, polypharmacy, Deprescribing, frailty, elderly care.
  • Experience of managing a team and delivering staff appraisals and development plans
  • Experience of community health services
  • Significant post registration hospital pharmacy experience at a senior level
  • Proven experience of working at a strategic level with senior clinicians and managers
  • Experience of working at a strategic level across the wider health community (working with GPs, CCGs and social care services)
  • Experience budget management or monitoring ability and demonstrable success in achieving savings
  • Experience of leading a change management project at a pharmacy level
  • A detailed understanding of clinical governance and how this would apply to this role.
  • An understanding of national and local policies linked to this clinical area
  • Provision of drug usage and expenditure reports and use of financial reports to influence business cases and clinical practice
  • Experience of medicines related policy development and implementation
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of working within a fully integrated healthcare team
  • Experience of change management at an organisational level
  • Knowledge of NCL health system and wider IPMO agenda

Personal Qualities

Essential criteria
  • Reliable and self-motivated
  • Able to work under pressure whilst maintaining accuracy and attention to detail
  • Able to work on own initiative and as an MDT
  • Demonstrates initiative, innovation and motivation & enthusiasm for the post
  • Commitment to Continuing Professional Development.
  • Demonstrates eagerness to develop extended clinical pharmacy roles
  • An excellent role model
  • Sets high standards
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Knowledge and understanding of equality and diversity issues and how personally can make a positive difference to this agenda
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

Apply online now

Further details / informal visits contact

Gareth Kitson
Job title
Deputy Chief Pharmacist - Clinical Services
Email address
Additional information

Stuart Richardson Chief Pharmacist,  stuart.richardson2@nhs.net 


If you have problems applying, contact

Whittington Health NHS Trust
Magdala Avenue
N19 5NF
0207 288 5925